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Facebook, Twitter's roles in campaign 2012 media coverage deepen By James Rainey

Facebook, Twitter's roles in campaign 2012 media coverage deepen By James Rainey | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Politico headlined a story last week "Mitt, Paul winning Facebook primary." About the same time, the Washington Post reported "Romney with the momentum in S. Carolina," that conclusion based on its new Twitter-tracking app, @MentionMachine.

One of the most striking innovations of campaign 2012 media coverage has been the attempt by news outlets to harness Twitter and Facebook, not just for a spot check on individual voters' feelings but to take the temperature of the electorate in a broader way.

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U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy by Daniel Freedman

U.S. To Twitter: Stop Sleeping With The Enemy by Daniel Freedman | Twit4D | Scoop.it

The love affair between Twitter and the U.S. government is in danger of crashing as spectacularly as a celebrity relationship: with tears, disavowals, a chorus of “I told you so”s, and, of course, lawsuits. Like the Demi Moore – Ashton Kutcher (both popular Twitterati) breakup, the reason is alleged infidelity. In Twitter’s case it’s worse than a claimed hot tub fling, however. The online micro-blogging tool is accused of consorting with U.S. enemies: terrorist groups.

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Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do by Danica Radovanovic

Digital divide and social media: Connectivity doesn’t end the digital divide, skills do by Danica Radovanovic | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Whether we like it or not, we live in a very unequal and stratified world. We live in societies in which inequality is ignored in education, science, and in the social media. As Internet technologies are rapidly evolving and new digital divides on the Internet emerge, we must move beyond, at some point, a singular concern over Internet access and technological infrastructure issues. We must tackle socio-cultural differences, we must focus on Internet skills, literacies and social media usage.

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Occupy Research: Methods and Tools for a Decentralized Future by Amelia Marzec

Occupy Research: Methods and Tools for a Decentralized Future by Amelia Marzec | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Occupy Research is a highly participatory band of researchers active in the Occupy Wall Street movement, with working groups popping up across the country. Committed to using open methods, they outline different areas of interest in a wiki and share ideas, tools, and information about the movement.

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The Public Sphere of Occupy Wall Street by Adam Fish

The Public Sphere of Occupy Wall Street  by Adam Fish | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Future theorization of the public sphere and of social movements needs to consider the media ecologies that consist of social media, cable television, hacktivism and grassroots activists sleeping in solidarity in city parks.
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#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan

#OccupyWallStreet: origin and spread visualized by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Last week we published an analysis on the usage of hashtags around the #OccupyWallStreet movement on Twitter, why some phrases reach Twitter’s trending topics list, while others never do. The crux of the the argument highlighted the outcomes of a purely algorithmic mechanism that Twitter uses to generate its trending topics lists.

We’ve all seen an increasing usage of the #Occupy hashtag, splintering into a wide range of sub-movements -> #OccupyBoston, #OccupyVancouver, #OccupySF and many more.

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Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss

Occupy Twitter: Data Reveals Passion by Emily chambliss | Twit4D | Scoop.it
By examining the Twitter buzz from recent weeks, we see uncommon trends that shed light on the driving force of Occupy Wall St.
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Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston

Social Media Gives Wall Street Protests a Global Reach by Jennifer Preston | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Protesters involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement use Facebook, Twitter and other social media tools to deliver photos and videos from dozen of demonstrations in real time.
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The Wisconsin Protests and the Egyptian Revolution | Snurblog

The next speaker at AoIR 2011 is Annette Vee, who positions the Wisconsin protests in a wider context of protest movements in recent years. How do social movements travel across transnational networks? What role do digitally-shared social media play in this context?

Annette suggests that synchronous online digital communication platforms are globalising our imagined communities, so that we identify not with our fellow citizens, but with those around the world who share our ideologies. There are some similarities between the revolt against the Mubarak regime in Egypt, and the protests against Governor Walker’s draconian unionbusting laws in Wisconsin; they took place around the same time, at least.

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Occupy Wall Street: Social Media's Role In Social Change

Occupy Wall Street: Social Media's Role In Social Change | Twit4D | Scoop.it
A panel on social innovation and social change started with a joke. A panelist said they should go the full hour without saying the word "Twitter."

But Twitter, along with Facebook, were unavoidable terms that came up repeatedly in the discussion Thursday at an Advertising Week event at 300 Madison Avenue in New York City.

The talk started with the Egypt revolution and inevitably turned to Occupy Wall Street, an ongoing event just a few miles away in Lower Manhattan. More than 450,000 Facebook users have joined Occupy Wall Street pages to date (scroll down for graph); Twitter chatter has surged. The big question: Does social innovation equal social change?

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'Occupy Wall Street': Why It Chose Tumblr by Jesse Emspak

'Occupy Wall Street': Why It Chose Tumblr  by Jesse Emspak | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Earlier this year, Facebook and Twitter played a crucial role in mobilizing protestors in Iran, Cairo and Tunisia. Now Tumblr has been uniquely appropriated for a U.S.-based protest movement known as Occupy Wall Street, which has been coalescing in New York, Boston and Chicago to challenge the influence of corporate money on government and the growth of social and economic inequality.

A hybrid of ordinary blogging platforms, such as Typepad or Wordpress, and of the microblogging site Twitter, Tumblr gives users the ability to post photos, videos and messages and share with people they don’t know.

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How Immigration Activists Are Fighting Deportation Policy With Social Media by Juan E. Gastelum

How Immigration Activists Are Fighting Deportation Policy With Social Media by Juan E. Gastelum | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have all played a role in preventing deportations and connecting activists and policy makers.
Walter Lara’s first tweet back in 2009 started with the words “I’m being deported.” Two years later, he lives in Miami, works legally, has a driver’s license and pays in-state tuition at Miami Dade College.
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CIA on Facebook & Twitter: Wayne Madsen on info warfare Video from Russia Today

As pro-reform uprisings continue across the Arab world, the U.S. is stepping up its influence with anti-government activists around the world.
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The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack

The Evil New Tactic Behind Anonymous' Massive Megaupload Revenge Attack | Twit4D | Scoop.it
The hacktivist collective Anonymous is in the middle of a huge revenge spree after the Feds shut down popular filesharing site Megaupload today. But they're using an evil new tactic that tricks people into helping their attack if they click an innocuous link.

The Department of Justice, MPAA and Universal Music websites have all been taken down in the past hour as part of Operation Megaupload, which is shaping up to be the biggest Anonymous campaign in months.

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Entretien avec John Krinsky : Occupy Wall Street et la gauche américaine by Pierre- Louis Rolle

Entretien avec John Krinsky : Occupy Wall Street et la gauche américaine by Pierre- Louis Rolle | Twit4D | Scoop.it

John Krinsky est sociologue et dirige le département de sciences politiques de la City University of New York. Dans cet entretien accordé à BullyPulpit.fr il revient sur les origines d’Occupy Wall Street, sa relation avec les syndicats, les minorités, le Parti Démocrate et s’intéresse au devenir de ce mouvement social.

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Twitter and perceptions of Crisis-related Stress

Twitter and perceptions of Crisis-related Stress | Twit4D | Scoop.it

The purpose of this research project is to determine which indicators might be present in social media data that could shed light on how populations cope with global crises, such as commodity price volatility or the continuing global economic crisis.

In this investigation, the analysis was limited to publicly available data from Twitter for July 2010 through October 2011 in Javanese/Bahasa Indonesia and English. The topics of focus included the affordability/availability of food, fuel, housing and loans.

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Lawmakers, Twitter locked in dispute over Taliban tweets by Brian Bennett

Lawmakers, Twitter locked in dispute over Taliban tweets by Brian Bennett | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Some members of Congress are urging the popular website Twitter to stop hosting pro- Taliban tweets that celebrate attacks against American and allied forces in Afghanistan .
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CIA tracks revolt by Tweet, Facebook by Kimberly Dozier

CIA tracks revolt by Tweet, Facebook by Kimberly Dozier | Twit4D | Scoop.it

In an anonymous industrial park, CIA analysts who jokingly call themselves the "ninja librarians" are mining the mass of information people publish about themselves overseas, tracking everything from common public opinion to revolutions.

The group's effort gives the White House a daily snapshot of the world built from tweets, newspaper articles and Facebook updates.

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Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan

Data Reveals That “Occupying” Twitter Trending Topics is Harder Than it Looks! by Gilad Lotan | Twit4D | Scoop.it

While the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has been gaining momentum, growing in terms of visibility, media coverage and sheer numbers of participants, it has had a difficult time “occupying” the Twitter trending topics (TTs) list. #OccupyWallStreet, the movement’s dominant hashtag, has never once hit the New York TTs list. Similarly, #OccupyBoston has trended all across the world, but never in Boston, which only saw the phrases ‘Dewey Sq’ and ‘Dewey Square’ trend.

Some point the blame at Twitter for censoring content, yet what seems to be happening is purely algorithmic.

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Did Twitter censor Occupy Wall Street? by Jonathan Albright

Did Twitter censor Occupy Wall Street? by Jonathan Albright | Twit4D | Scoop.it
In the age of social media, if we’re able to get online, engage with a few tools and connect our ideas to others who sympathise, we’re able to initiate social change.
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e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media

e.politics: online advocacy tools & tactics By the Numbers: How Social Media Coverage of Occupy Wall Street Beat the Mainstream Media | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Nate Silver had a great piece in the Times over the weekend, looking at how clashes with police seem to have driven mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests (a classic example of the principle of “if it bleeds, it leads”). The centerpiece of his article is the chart below, showing the pattern of relevant media hits.

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#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill

#Occupy Wall Street Tweets its way onto the Front Page by Alex Stonehill | Twit4D | Scoop.it

Newspapers don’t dictate what’s news now. With the rise of twitter, and the bloggosphere, the diversity of other voices online tell them what’s news The Occupy Wall Street protests have been a testament to this new kind of protest coverage (as perhaps the Tea Party movement was before it). The protests were initially written off, ignored and marginalized for several weeks. But the outpouring of support in Facebook and twitter streams, and the challenges from upstart outlets to the mainstream media coverage or lack thereof coupled with the tenacity of protesters, finally caught mainstream attention

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Agitprop 2.0: On Occupy Wall Street's Social Media Revolution by Kyle chayka

Agitprop 2.0: On Occupy Wall Street's Social Media Revolution by Kyle chayka | Twit4D | Scoop.it

More than the ability to share photos with friends or keep everyone posted on your eating habits, the massive protests and resulting political change of the Arab Spring has driven home the point that online social media is the defining reality of our era. Now, the power of this new medium of communication has come to roost in New York City with Occupy Wall Street, a protest against the economic crisis and the excesses of the financial industry that has gone viral in much the same way that the Tahrir Square protests in Egypt did (albeit on a much more modest level).

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Online Activism Aims to Stop School Spankings by Zachary Sniderman

Online Activism Aims to Stop School Spankings by Zachary Sniderman | Twit4D | Scoop.it
Online activism is transitioning. How does Marc Ecko's Unlimited Justice campaign against corporal punishment in schools signal a changing of the guard?
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Facebook, Twitter et la révolution mondiale by Yves Eudes

Au cours des années 2000, Google, YouTube et Yahoo! s'étaient déconsidérés auprès de la frange la plus politisée des internautes, car ils s'étaient compromis avec divers gouvernements dictatoriaux, dont la Chine. Pour s'installer sur le marché chinois, Google avait accepté des arrangements bancals avec les bureaucrates de Pékin chargés de la censure du Net. Yahoo! avait livré à la police chinoise l'identité d'un dissident anonyme qui utilisait sa messagerie. Les géants américains de l'Internet avaient ainsi acquis une image purement mercantile : des entreprises ordinaires, prêtes à tout pour gagner des parts de marché.
La réhabilitation s'amorce vers la fin de la décennie, grâce à la naissance des nouveaux réseaux sociaux comme Facebook et Twitter.
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